The Vancouver Canadians won their third in a row Saturday but had to settle for a series split against the Tri-City Dust Devils after losing at Ron Tonkin Field Sunday.
Sunday’s game ended in a 6-4 loss for the Canadians. The Dust Devils raced out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the first against Alex Nolan thanks to RBI singles by Jordyn Adams, Kevin Maitan, Kenyon Yovan and Adrian Rondon after leadoff man Jeremy Arocho led off with a single and a stolen base.
Steven Rivas homered with one out in the fourth inning off Nolan to make it 5-0 Tri-City before the C’s matched that run in the bottom of the frame. Orelvis Martinez’s one-out single to center off Adam Seminaris was scored by a two-out double to left by Zac Cook.
Tri-City restored its five-run lead in the fifth against Hayden Juenger. A two-out ground-rule double by Kyle Kasser on a 1-2 pitch was cashed in by a Rondon base hit.
Vancouver would get on the board again in the eighth inning. An Eric Rivera leadoff single to right against Ivan Armstrong led to Rivera advancing two more bases on an error by a fielding error by Rivas. Rafael Lantigua would score Rivera with a base hit to right. Lantigua stole second before Will Robertson walked and Spencer Horwitz singled to right to load the bases. Orelvis Martinez brought in Lantigua with a groundball to short that also advanced Robertson and Horwitz into scoring position before another RBI grounder to short by Luis De Los Santos scored Horwitz.
Saturday saw the Canadians knock off the Dust Devils for the third time in a row with a come-from-behind 4-3 win.
Tri-City did all of its damage in the third inning against Adam Kloffenstein. A leadoff hit by Keinner Pina and another single by Steven Rivas put runners on the corners before Livan Soto’s sacrifice fly scored Pina. Kyle Kasser then took Kloffenstein deep to right field for a two-run home run.
Vancouver did get to Glenn Albanese for an unearned run in the bottom of the third. Eric Rivera reached first on a fielding error at second by Adrian Rondon with one out. Rivera made it second on a Zac Cook groundout to the right side and scampered home on a Luis De Los Santos base hit to center.
The Canadians would come all the way back in the fifth against Hector Yan. A one-out double to center by Cook and a walk by De Los Santos set the table for Spencer Horwitz who unloaded a 3-1 pitch into right-center field for a two-out, three-run home run to give the C’s a lead they would not relinquish.
De Los Santos had a ground-rule double in the second inning with one out and Davis Schneider worked a two-out walk but Anthony Morales grounded out to end that rally.
Rivera led off the third with a single to center but De Los Santos hit into a 5-4-3 double play to put a damper on that opportunity.
Cook had a one-out walk in the seventh inning that was stranded before striking out to end the eighth with Horwitz at third.
Rivera had two hits for the only multi-hit effort while Cook reached twice with his seventh double of the year and a walk. De Los Santos collected his team-leading 24th double of the year along with a team-best 63 runs batted in.
Nolan surrendered five runs on nine hits over four innings while striking out four. Juenger gave up a run on two hits but punched out five batters over two innings. Hagen Danner worked around a hit and a walk and whiffed three over two shutout frames. Roither Hernandez worked a one-hit ninth and struck a batter out to keep Tri-City off the board.
After De Los Santos’ RBI single in the third inning, Morris followed with a base hit of his own to right field where Steven Rivas booted the ball, allowing De Los Santos and Morris to pull up into scoring position. Horwitz struck out to end the inning but made up for that with his three-run homer, his fifth of the year.
Kevin Maitan mishandled a ground ball at first to allow Martinez to reach base against Yan but nothing else developed in the fourth.
Vancouver had a chance to add on in the seventh when Rivera walked with nobody out and went to second on a balk by Yan. A pair of two-out walks by Morris and Horwitz filled the bases but Martinez flied out to center for the third out. The C’s were retired in order by Luke Murphy in the final two frames.
De Los Santos, Horwitz and Morris all had a hit and a walk from the top three spots in the batting order. Cook had a double and Rivera had a free pass.
Kloffenstein allowed just a walk over the first two innings and finished with a flourish by sitting down the last 11 hitters he faced, striking out the side in the sixth. He gave up three runs on three hits and a walk while striking out seven over six innings. That quality start allowed Kloffenstein to even his record at 6-6.
Justin Maese worked a one-hit seventh with a strikeout before Gabriel Ponce got the next two outs. He left the game with the bases loaded on two hits and a walk but Andrew Bash got Kenyon Yovan to fly out to center to escape that jam. Bash would get three fly ball outs in the ninth to secure his first save of the season.
The Canadians have a record of 44-52 to put them 1-1/2 games ahead of Hillsboro for fourth place in the High-A West. The C’s and Hops square off again at Ron Tonkin Field with the Hops hosting the series. Sem Robberse will start Tuesday’s opener at 7:05 on CanadiansBaseball.com and MiLB.TV.
Paxton Schultz, C.J. Van Eyk and Adam Kloffenstein are the scheduled starters for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
C’s Alumni Report
Buffalo sunk Syracuse 9-2 Sunday.
- Richard Ureña – 2/5, 2B (19), 2RBI, R
- Cullen Large – 2/5, 2B (13)
- Nash Knight – 1/5, R
- Logan Warmoth – 2/2, HR (8), BB, HBP, 3RBI, 2R, SB (15)
The Bisons were blanked by the Mets 3-0 Saturday.
- Logan Warmoth – 0/4, BB
- Josh Palacios – 0/3, BB
- Cullen Large – 0/1, 2B
- Nash Knight – 0/2, BB
- Fitz Stadler – 1.0IP 0H 0R/ER 0BB 3K
Hartford handed New Hampshire an 8-5 loss Saturday.
- Kevin Vicuña – 2/4, 2B (12), R
- L.J. Talley – 1/3, BB, R
- Chris Bec – 1/3, HR, 4RBI
- Parker Caracci – 1.0IP 0H 0R/ER 0BB 0K
Tayler Saucedo pitched one-third of a scoreless inning and was robbed of a save as Toronto fell to Detroit 5-3 in 11 innings Sunday. Tim Mayza struck out one in a shutout eighth Saturday as the Jays blanked the Tigers 3-0.
Riley Adams had a double, was hit by a pitch and scored two runs in Washington’s 7-3 loss to Milwaukee Sunday.
Marcus Stroman earned his ninth win of the year with six innings of two-run ball with six strikeouts as the New York Mets upended the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-2 Sunday.